Manchester United brag about ‘financial power’ but see penny-pinching bid rejected for Aaron Wan-Bissaka


Manchester United have reportedly had a £40 million bid rejected by Crystal Palace for right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The 21-year-old defender has been linked to United for some time now with speculation rife that the player is wanted by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to start his rebuild of the club.

Palace value the player around £60-£65 million, which is fair enough as the player still has a contract at the club lasting for three more years – they do not have to sell him so the deal should be on their terms. One of the reasons that these high fees are demanded could be because Ed Woodward brags about the financial power of United.

Antonio Valencia has left the club this summer, his contract expiring at the end of the month, leaving United with Diogo Dalot at right-back, or even Ashley Young, who was dire in the position for most of last season. Bringing in a right-back this summer is necessary. Wan-Bissaka being the main target, which is who I believe United should be signing.

United have been linked to other right-back targets; Thomas Meunier being one of them. However, this would be a move that shows United cannot do anything good with their ‘financial power’, which is something Woodward speaks about often. It seems the penny-pinching by the club is the main downfall, that and Woodward buying players he thinks will fit into the club, wasting upwards of £700 million in just six years.

Kieran Trippier is another player United has been linked to but the Tottenham Hotspur right-back has not been great this season so it would not be a good signing, neither would it be easy to negotiate with Daniel Levy at Spurs, who will pull Woodward’s pants down on a prospective deal anyway. If Palace wants £60 million for Wan-Bissaka, United will have to get closer to that fee.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour was speaking to talkSPORT earlier today about Wan-Bissaka, amongst other things. The speculation there suggests that United would need to spend £65 million on the 21-year-old this summer – something that Parlour thinks is ‘madness, absolute madness’. Parlour said:

“It is madness, absolute madness. I really like him, I think he’s an excellent player and I’ve seen him on quite a few occasions. His defending is very good and he gets forward. But for £65 million, it’s crazy.

“Look at those Ajax youngsters, they’re only young. They’ve not really done anything yet. They’ve really shown that they can play in an Ajax shirt and have done really well in the Champions League but they’re going for £70-80 million as well.”

For me, United should be spending what Palace demand for Wan-Bissaka. It would seem that he is Solskjaer’s number one target in this position and over the years, Woodward and United have not fully backed the manager of the club, especially in being able to land the number one target the manager requested. This has seen David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho all sacked.

If Woodward wants to get United out of the situation they are in, which is mostly down to him and the way the Glazers seem to be running the club – for their own profit, they will need to do things the right way. Woodward needs to learn a lesson from all of this and ensure he does things the correct way from now on. How many clubs brag about their financial power then withdraw from signing a player because the price was too high?

Wan-Bissaka is 21. He has proven himself in the Premier League and would be a great signing for United this summer. Woodward should look at like for like signings over the past few years. Kyle Walker to Manchester City cost £53 million, and he was 27 at the time. Benjamin Mendy, a left-back, signed for Manchester City for £52 million two years ago – he was 22 at the time of the deal. It’s time to show us this ‘financial power’ that Manchester United has, Mr Woodward!

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